Senator Creigh Deeds continues his relentless pursuit of finding answers in the death of his son. He is doing so on every front and that includes the potential for legal action.
As first reported by the Times-Dispatch, Deeds sent a notice of his intent to sue four different localities and the Rockbridge Area Community Services board for what he describes as "gross negligence" in the treatment of his son Gus last fall.
Gus attacked his father at their family farm nearly killing Senator Deeds, before eventually killing himself.
Since then Deeds has pushed through a broad set of new laws designed to specifically address what went wrong that night. His attorney said today that exploring a lawsuit is part of the mission Deeds is on to learn more about what happened so it will never happen again.
"The notices provided allow for a thoughtful and thorough review of this matter as well as the preservation of rights under Virginia law," said Monica Mroz who is representing Deeds. "Senator Deeds provided these notices as part of his continued quest to understand what happened to his son."
Mroz made it clear that Deeds has not decided if he will actually file a lawsuit, but needed to make this procedural move to preserve all his options.
"The most important thing is that there is no final decision and we are just acting in accordance with the law and within the time frames that are required to act in," she said.
Mroz could not give a specific time line as to when her client will have to make a final decision. She also said there is no way to tell at this point if lawsuits will be filed against all the localities who were served notice or just some of them.
You can see the full notice sent to Rockbridge County here.